It's been SO LONG since I have written an entry! With spring break, IEPs, and SO much excitement, I got a little bit behind--my apologies for leaving you in the dark!
In February, we explored the Portland Aquarium. The kids had a blast getting a hands on experience with the water animals they learned so much about! Given that the lighting was a little dark, the animals felt a little weird, and we all got a little wet, I was so proud of how well everyone handled the diverse sensory experiences! Even when some kids got a little overwhelmed, their friends were there to cheer them on! A big thank you to Miss Amanda for creating a Donors Choose project to make this trip possible for us!
Oregon unit and the Oregon Zoo
In March, we learned about our state. We learned the states that border us, and some basic geography like where the Columbia and Willamette rivers are, which mountains are on what sides of us, and how beautiful our state is. We also learned about what laws are, and that laws for Oregonians are made in Salem, our capital. We talked quite a bit about Portland, and all the fun things to do there. Miss Jessi and I took advantage of a sunny Saturday and went for a long run through Portland, and made videos of each other talking about some cool Portland facts and places. The kids LOVED watching us talk about Bridgetown, the Benson Bubblers, and our great mass transit system. It makes me so happy to see them so engaged and connected to their home.
We took this knowledge of our state and applied it during our Zoo trip. We spent quite a bit of time in the "great northwest" section of the zoo, to learn about animals around us. A HUGE thanks to the Oregon Zoo and the Williams family for their donations to make this trip possible!